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Young Pasifika entrepreneurs finalists for NZ Impact Awards 2023

Young Pasifika entrepreneurs have been named as finalists for the NZ Impact Awards 2023.

Georgia Latu, co-founder & CEO of Pōtiki Poi and Nu’uali’i Eteroa Lafaele co-founder of Fibre Fale are among the finalists for the Enterprise category.

The winners will be announced on Saturday, November 11 in Wellington. New Zealand charity Inspiring Stories is behind The Impact Awards, along with its flagship event Festival for the Future. Inspiring Stories believes in the power of young people to create change. It also backs them to build their entrepreneurship and leadership capability, and take action. More than 15,000 people have participated in the charity’s programmes and $100,000 has been gifted in prizes.

Inspiring Stories founder Guy Ryan, says, “these young people are stepping up to create real solutions to the challenges we face. As a nation, there is so much more we can be doing to celebrate and support their leadership. Thanks to our supporters, we can back them with awards and prizes to achieve more.”

The Impact Awards 2023 finalists are:


Nelson Harper Founder of Precycle, a waste minimisation and green tech company.
Nonstop Solutions helps events to become waste-free, as well as advocating for systems change.
Kaya Freeman empowers rangatahi to act as a voice for nature.
Amy Klitscher Founder of The Sustainable Food Co., a catering business with a zero-waste approach.
Emma Fryer Founder of EmGuard, a biodegradable plant guard – saving the planet, one tree at a time.


Georgia Latu co-founder & CEO of Pōtiki Poi – the world’s biggest manufacturer of poi.
Nu’uali’i Eteroa Lafaele Co-founder of Fibre Fale, creating pathways into tech for Pacific People.
Remojo Tech Founders of Recycle-A-Device, focussed on addressing the digital divide in Aotearoa.
Te Piha Niha Founder of NGEN Room, empowering Māori and Pacific youth through tech programmes.
Mrinali Kumar co-founder EatKinda – the world’s first plant-based ice cream made out of cauliflower.


Maddison Booth supporting whanau to donate shoes for rangatahi through The Shoe Booth.
Hogan Hynes restoring the treasure of te ao Māori and identity as a taonga for rangatahi
Emily Hacket Pain donating stationery to low decile schools through the project Paper Pens Pencils.
Keegan Jones increasing access to justice through free legal clinics and support in Te Tai Tokerau.
Luke Gray building resilience through preventative education and training for young people.


Elina Ashimbayeva Founder of Storyo, sharing stories of Aotearoa’s women & gender-diverse folks.
Justice for Rabi using art and creativity to share untold stories of Banaban communities.
The National Disabled Students Association represents disabled tertiary students in Aotearoa.
Make it 16 a youth-led, non-partisan campaign aiming to strengthen youth voices in Aotearoa.
Jennifer Shields director of Qtopia, an LGBTQIA+ social service, and an advocate for gender-affirming healthcare.


Tayla Nasmith Founder Nurturing Families, helps families with customised wrap around support.
Layba Zubair is campaigning for Consent Law Reform to reflect the need for voluntary agreement.
Neighbourhood NZ promotes wellbeing by creating spaces for connection and empowerment
Lads without Labels is a student-led men’s mental health charity dedicated to improving mental health
Lauren Hartidge founded Radiqal Movement, a gym with tailored exercise opportunities for LGBTQIA+

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